Pet store chain Maxi Zoo has released a list of the top 10 selling Christmas toys for pets based on spending by Irish pet owners at the company’s 17 stores nationwide. Brain training intelligence toys to teach cats and dogs new tricks, scratching boards which help protect furniture from pets, snuggle and comfort toys are among this year’s top sellers.
This year’s biggest seller is the Kong Wobbler brain training intelligence toy. It teaches dogs to slow down while eating, which helps to reduce canine obesity. Pet owners load it with treats and dogs learn how to roll it around to dispense the treats. The Cat Scratching Board is shaped like a block of cheese with a board that cats love to scratch.
Pet owners who have had their furniture destroyed by scratching cats also consider the €16.99 cost as a wise investment in protecting home interiors. Maxi Zoo stocks similar toys for dogs who like to chew things and the big seller is a steak shaped toy. These become comfort toys for dogs, just like children with their ‘security blanket’.
Cat owners are also looking for toys which pander to their pet’s natural instinct to hunt. Mouse Cat Toy is third on the pet list. Families with young kids and pets are also snapping up dog and cat treat Advent calendars. Everyone loves to indulge at Christmas but chocolates can be toxic for cats and dogs. The calendars have safe treats for pets.
Top 10 Christmas Toys for Irish Pets
- The Kong Wobbler
- Cat Scratching Board
- Mouse Shaped Cat Toy
- Plush Steak Shaped Dog Toy
- Cat Treat Advent Calendar
- Dog Treat Advent Calendar
- Paws Dog Bed
- Dog Collar and Leashes
- 2 in 1 Dog Bowl
- Soft and Cozy Pearl Cat Bed
Cathal (8) and Darragh Cross (6) from Ballincollig, Co Cork, with Chihuahua ‘Gizmo’ pictured at Maxi Zoo’s announcement of the Top 10 selling pets toys this Christmas